Due to the many families that have chosen to not vaccinate their children, there have been several discussions over how vaccinations should be handled. Some feel that vaccinations should be handled by the families and the schedules should be chosen by the families. However, there are a growing number of families and medical professionals who feel that families may not be able to make the proper choices regarding vaccinations. In this case, the solution has been to request federal immunization laws and guidelines to govern the entire process. Though there are several disadvantages to this process, such as enforcement of the guidelines, there are several far-reaching advantages as well.
The biggest advantage of having Federal immunization laws is the overall view of community health. Community health is in possible danger from outbreaks to those children and elderly that are not properly vaccinated. Though there are children and adults vaccinated in every community, the concern is for the spread of a virus through those that are not vaccinated and that virus developing beyond the control of vaccinations. With federal immunization guidelines mandating that everyone be vaccinated, this would offer the advantage of a decreased risk in the community for outbreaks and spreading of illnesses in general.
Outbreaks and New Strains
In the past several decades, there have been several new strains of illnesses such as new influenza strains and flu issues. These new strains have lead to advancements in certain vaccinations. However, this has also lead to new concerns over non-vaccinated children. For example, in 2012 there were two outbreaks of new strains of viruses. One of the new strains, a flu strain, killed several American’s including a number of newborns and toddlers. The theory is, if the federal government regulated immunizations, the spread of this flu would not have been as severe or lead to as many deaths.
A huge concern for vaccinated and non-vaccinated children is the exposure to foreign illnesses and strains of illnesses that are not in the United States. The population at the highest risk for exposure to these illnesses is, of course, the non-vaccinated segment of the population. With new strains of illnesses in other countries, the concern also falls to those who are vaccinated, but may be at risk due to the vaccination not be as effective on the new strains. With federal government guidelines on immunization and immunization laws put into place, the chances of the exposure are the same, but the risks are greatly reduced.
The debate over federal immunization law regulations boils down to the control the government would have over the people. There are groups that feel a control over regulated immunizations and vaccinations would provide a safe haven for children, elderly and adults. This group feels that it would be the safest measure to take and well worth the control the federal government would ultimately have. The second group feels that this control is too much and that vaccinations should be a personal choice. The debate is still raging within the healthcare community with little end in sight. However, the debate is worth the fight if the safety and health of children and preventable illnesses and deaths can be handled.